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BJP leaders fear identity crisis

D (U) national spokesperson Shivanand Tiwari declared that even if JD (U) got majority on its own its alliance with the BJP would continue. But his Rajya Sabha colleague Ali Anwar differed, infuriating some senior BJP leaders. Who is Anwar? The BJP leadership recognises only two JD (U) leaders - chief minister Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav. What the rest say is of no consequence,” said a senior BJP leader, resenting the big brother attitude of some JD (U) leaders. Some BJP workers, however, said the alliance might do well in the polls but their party was facing an identity crisis. “Even our election symbol, the lotus, appears to have lost its identity. We know some Muslims have voted for BJP candidates. Though it is an encouraging sign, the Muslims declare that the lotus and the teer (arrow), the election symbol of JD (U), belong to Nitishji,” said a BJP leader.

Crowd pill for Dadan

he territory where elections are to be held has shrunk and so have the number of choppers. Though just seven choppers are flying now, voters have started saying that the politicians are using choppers like cars and buses, courtesy frequent sorties. Choppers are believed to be crowd-pullers. But in Dumraon, JD (S) leader adan Pahalwan found chopper failing to attract crowd. It happened o perhaps because he as been using choppers in his area for the past three months. His supporters lately have devised another way to attract crowds - dance girls. “It is a time tested method and Dadan used it during the last Assembly polls,” said one of his supporters.

The manifesto boys

he brains behind the election manifesto of different parties have started countdown for the oll counting day. It is not that we will e gainers. It is jut a curiosity,” said a politician who was engaged in drafting the election manifesto of a party. Cutting across party lines, leaders who do not have any personal stake in the elections had been given the task of drafting the election manifesto. The irony is that which ever party wins in the polls, the people who drafted its promises will have nothing to do with their implementation,” aid a senior politician.

Spokesperson speaks out

he chief spokesperson of the Congress, Prem Chandra Mishra, finally broke his silence on Wednesday. He advised Congress leaders not to air their views in public, apparently referring to the war of words between the state Congress president, Memood Ali Quaiser, and former MPs Ranjita Ranjan and Sadhu Yadav. “Well what can he do? Ranjan and Sadhu will not listen to him as they think they are above the state party leadership. The two former MPs got away by making statements against the former party president Anil Sharma,” said a state Congress office-bearer.
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